Family Centers Titans Speaker Series: Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn



Stamford, CTFebruary 11, 2020

On Tuesday, February 11, Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discussed the crisis facing today’s working Americans during Family Centers’ most recent Titan Series breakfast. The event was co-chaired by Mary Moran of Greenwich and John Driscoll of Stamford, and benefitted the organization’s network of health, education and human service programs.

Drawing on themes their New York Times bestselling book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Kristof and WuDunn outlined the ways economic disparity, addiction, equity and other societal issues have contributed to the struggles of America’s working class. Citing stories from Kristof’s childhood in rural Oregon and statistical evidence, they challenged attendees to “strengthen America by strengthening each American.”

The husband-and-wife duo were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism and have written a series of best-selling books together. Known for his work with the New York Times, Kristof is often called a “reporter’s reporter” for his activism and was the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries, all 50 states, every Chinese province, and every main Japanese island in order to offer a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world. As part of the Half the Sky documentary series, Kristof traveled around the world along with celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to meet inspiring individuals confronting the global oppression of women.

The first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, WuDunn is a business executive, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She has special expertise in China, entrepreneurship, impact investing and helping companies do both well and good. As an investment banker, she currently helps growth companies, including those operating in the fields of technology, healthcare, entertainment and media.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering heath, education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 1,200 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.

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